Men, we don’t mean to scare you, but buying an engagement ring is a pretty big deal! You have to make sure you impress. After all, we certainly won’t be happy if we have to sport an ugly ring for the rest of our lives. But don’t panic, with this handy article by your side you will ensure your girlfriend says ‘I do’ rather than ‘I don’t’.
Determine A Budget
The first thing you must do when buying an engagement ring for your wedding is to determine your budget. If you don’t do this you are asking for disaster to strike.
After all, once you start shopping it can be very easy for the total to get bigger and bigger. In the end, you purchase something you simply cannot afford. This can mean that the greatest moment of your life becomes one filled with worry, as every time you look at the ring you think of all the money you have spent.
So, how do you determine a budget for engagement rings?
You should take a browse online to get a feel for the average prices on the market at present. You also need to be realistic and set a figure you can comfortably afford. Remember, it is unlikely that you will have to pay the entire total with the money you have in your bank at present.
You should start engagement ring shopping several months before you plan on proposing, meaning you will have this time to put some money away.
You also need to know a bit about the type of ring you are going to be purchasing, as this will undoubtedly impact the cost of it.
The metal you opt for directly affects the cost. Most people opt for either yellow gold, white gold, platinum or silver.
Platinum is widely considered the best option, however, it is also one of the most expensive choices. White gold offers a more affordable alternative.
In addition to this, you must determine your partner’s ring size. After all, there would be nothing worse than proposing to your girlfriend and then discovering that the ring does not fit.
The best thing to do is ask one of her close friends or take a ring from her jewellery box without her realising. Make sure it is a ring you have seen her wear so you know that it fits.
The Style Of The Ring
The style of the ring is obviously extremely important. You have to start paying more attention to the type of jewellery your partner wears. What kind of style does she have going on? You can then use your observations to pick between various shapes of diamonds and diamond settings as well.
You may also want to look into hiring a photographer to capture the ring and proposal.
A Bespoke Ring
On a final note, one recommended route to go down is a bespoke engagement ring.
By having a ring made especially for your girlfriend you can really make your proposal extra special. It will mean a lot more and it gives you the chance to incorporate symbolisation of your relationship into the jewellery as well.